Judy Gumbo Albert and Nancy Kurshan were original members of the Youth International Party -- the Yippies -- along with their respective partners, Stew Albert and Jerry Rubin, and others like Abbie Hoffman, Anita Hoffman, and Paul Krassner. The Yippies were an anarchist-leaning Sixties group known for their street theater and symbolic political actions that merged New Left and countercultural values. They gained mass exposure through actions like throwing money onto the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and running a pig for president.
Judy Gumbo Albert, Ph.D., also wrote for underground newspapers the Berkeley Barb and the Berkeley Tribe. She visited the former North Vietnam during the war and in the 1970s helped stage the Women’s April 10 March on the Pentagon and Mayday demonstrations in Washington D.C. In 1975, Judy discovered a tracking device on her car and was part of a lawsuit that successfully challenged warrantless wiretapping. She has taught Sociology and Women’s Studies at East and West Coast colleges and was an award-winning fundraiser for Planned Parenthood. She is co-author of "The Sixties Papers: Documents of a Rebellious Decade" (1984) and is currently completing her memoir, "Yippie Girl." Judy lives in Berkeley Cohousing in Berkeley, CA.
Nancy Kurshan was a staff member of the National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam, helped organize the 1968 Democratic Convention protests, and worked on the Chicago 8 trial. She attended the 1970 Stockholm Peace Conference, traveled to Vietnam in May 1970, and helped stage anti-war demonstrations outside the U.S. Consulate in Moscow and elsewhere. She was a social worker for 20 years in the Chicago public schools. A prison reform activist, Nancy was a founding member of the Committee to End the Marion Lockdown; her prison work has focused on racist aspects of incarceration, the issue of political prisoners, and the proliferation of long-term solitary confinement. She is the author of "Out of Control: A 15 Year Battle Against Control Unit Prisons" published by the Freedom Archives in January 2013.
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